Tuesday, March 13, 2007

2007 Geneva Auto Show Wrap-Up: Stola Phalcon

GENEVA — Stola is an Italian carrozzeria, less well-known than some of the greats even though its history stretches back to the 1920s. At the Geneva auto show, the firm displayed the Phalcon prototype that will go into production in a limited edition of 25 custom cars.

Stola PhalconStola Phalcon 2The Phalcon one-off, sporting a huge falcon on its nose, was imposing under the lights in the Geneva show hall. On closer examination, it was apparent that it was a slightly altered version of the Maybach Exelero, which Stola helped German tiremaker Fulda develop as a one-off for the Geneva show two years ago. The interesting thing is that, although Stola participated in the Exelero project, the car was designed by some university students in Pforzheim in cooperation with Mercedes-Benz.

Phalcon is based around a Brabus platform, meaning that ultimately it is derived from a Mercedes-Benz. Power comes from a Brabus-tuned V12 biturbo, churning out 750 horsepower and 1,003 pound-feet of torque. No wonder claimed top speed is 200 mph.

Stola plans to have a run of 25 cars, each tailored to the tastes of individual customers.

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